February 23, 2015

Quotes Inspire Illustrations

Quotes Inspire Illustration | TOM BIHN

Inspired by the Yanagi Soetsu quote illustrated by Dan Bransfield and the response to it, we asked folks on our Forums to contribute their favorite quotes on travel and design to inspire Dan Bransfield's next work for us.

Dan chose Ilkway's quote (which is accompanied by a great story. Super cool: Dan is mailing us the original artwork and as soon as it makes its way to Seattle, we'll send it on to Ilkyway.

Quotes Inspire Illustration | TOM BIHN

"The soul of mankind travels with the speed of camel." - Arabic Saying

"The mountains are calling, and I must go." – John Muir
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." — Leonardo da Vinci
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." — John Steinbeck

"(dú wàn juàn shū bù rú xíng wàn lǐ lù) - It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books."
It's a Chinese saying that pits my love of travel against my love of books.

"A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting" -- the Doctor (Dee)

“What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two: melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.” -- Ernesto Guevara

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."
-- St. Augustine

This is how I feel about TB bags:
"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union."
-- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed." -- Neil Armstrong
The moon landing - a great achievement in travel and design!

"Not all those who wander are lost." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
"We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." -- Hilaire Belloc
"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." -- Matsuo Basho
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." -- T.S. Eliot
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." -- Oscar Wilde
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." -- Robert Frost
"Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground." -- Judith Thurman
"Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage." -- Paulo Coelho
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." -- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey." -- Harold B. Melchart
This quote greeted our family at an overnight rest stop at Laban Rata on a mammoth climb up Mount Kinabalu, Borneo.
Never have I been so tired ..... with a summit of 4095m, and adverse weather, the climb challenged us all (especially my son who had had spinal surgery 10 months before the climb) ..... but we succeeded and what a journey it was. Nothing is impossible and determination and the making of memories get you a long way

"For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea"
-- From the poem maggie and milly and molly and may by E. E. Cummings

On design: "Keep it simple stupid"

“The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.”
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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